Man jailed for Eleven years for Trespassing

LazyLion

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A man was sentenced to 11 years imprisonment by the Nelspruit Regional Court on Thursday for trespassing and carrying out a restricted activity in the Kruger National Park.

Abel Mfana Mashabane, 26, from Phalaborwa, pleaded guilty to charges of trespassing in a designated area, after he and his friends were caught walking through the park at Houtboschrand on May 17, 2012.

Mashabane was shot and wounded when he and his friends were detained by game rangers.

"Other rangers began assaulting me, accusing me of owning the rhino horn which I suspect was brought by them and was planted in my bag,” he told the court.

Mashabane had previously testified that rangers framed him. The court heard the rangers had seen the men trying to cross into Mozambique with a bag containing a rhino horn with a street value of R250,000.

During sentencing, Mashabane's lawyers said prison was not a place for his client as his hip was dislocated when he was detained.

“Prison will be worse for him as he has been on crutches since the day of arrest. He has acknowledged the seriousness of the offence he faces, and that rhinos get killed on daily basis,” his lawyer said.

State prosecutor Isbet Erwee said the court should not set Mashabane free because of his injuries as he would be cared for in prison.

"Luckily he lost his hip and not his life," she argued.

Magistrate Shila Msibi did not find Mashabane guilty of possession of a white rhino horn because neither the carcass nor killing site could be located. Msibi said she would not take an armchair approach as rhino killings were on the increase.

“It seems this year's rhino killings will exceed last year's statistic as currently, it stands to 238."

She sentenced Mashabane to eight years for carrying out a restricted activity in a designated area, and three years for trespassing. The sentences will be served consecutively.

Mashabane's lawyer indicated his client would appeal the sentence on June 4.


Source : Sapa /str/mom/ks/th
Date : 23 May 2013 18:48
 
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ToxicBunny

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Yes, the game rangers just randomly decided to frame someone they caught in the park... Sure buddy.
 

diabolus

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What a misleading headline. If i read the article correctly he is charged with trespassing AND poaching Rhino Horn. Most of those 11 years is based around the rhino horn smuggling, not the trespassing. So why on earth is the headline about trespassing?!! 8 years for poaching/smuggling rhino horn dammit!

So knowning this guy most likely poached rhino horn, suddenly 11 years does not sound that bad.....
 

R13...

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Comparing how the judge in the Arthur Brown case gave him a fine because the fraud he admitted to amounted to about R500K makes even the trespassing part of this sentence laughable.
 

Albereth

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Comparing how the judge in the Arthur Brown case gave him a fine because the fraud he admitted to amounted to about R500K makes even the trespassing part of this sentence laughable.

The people defrauded by Brown could possibly have applied their minds, a rhino doesn't get that opportunity.
 

The_Ogre

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Wtf is a "restricted activity" then if he was cleared of possession of a white rhino horn (and by association, poaching)?

Sorry, this sentence just doesn't add up to me personally.
 
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